July 21, 2005 Subject:
Good music and narration
After having watched many of the films, I've noticed that many of the ones I seem to go back to have neat music. There is nothing of great substance to Beatrice Foods News Reports, but the music background is in many ways exceptional! Part one starts with silly cliche Japanese music, then there is a horn fanfare for the Chicago plant and great "muzak' for "keys to the kitchen". The European factory has a sort of symphonic lullaby which is pretty, then there's a truly complex bebop head used for Inland underground storage. This goes into what sounds like a famous jazz standard, but I am unfamiliar with it. Could be turned into a nice stage band piece. Then there's a "boogie woogie" parody during the Caveteria sequence, some more of the lullaby theme and some great classic "muzak" to close the film.
Much good can be said for the days when music had to be written out and performed by rehearsed instrumentalists.
The narration is easy to understand and pleasant, too. Many films loose out from poor narration. The Dynamic American City has some of the worst!
October 13, 2003 Subject:
Follow The Beatrice
The title is the first suspicious thing about this, because as some of you know, whenever you have a comapny name in a title like this you wonder if it's just going to be news reports about Beatrice Foods. Well, the film starts off ok, we're in Japan, ok.. nice travelogue.. until, uh oh! Beatrice has built a plant over there! From there, it's basically all Beatrice, we visit a plant in the US and also in Belgium, and, although there are some nice production shots of stuff being produced that you never thought you'd see (Cocktail shakers! machines to screw on caps on salt and pepper shakers!) this one is REALLY standard.